We are a unique organisation that works with young people who, for one reason or another, are not in mainstream education. We support the individual and their family and work together to achieve appropriate outcomes and secure a positive way forward for the future.
We have a KS3 Centre based at Tenzing Road, Hemel Hempstead, where we offer short-term provision for pupils who have either been excluded, or who are at risk of permanent exclusion from school. We aim to return the individual to school after a period of respite or to look for a fresh start in a new school.
At our KS4 Centre, Barncroft Campus, we offer one and two year programmes for Year 10 and 11 students, who suit a more personalised learning approach. We are able to offer a range of academic and vocational courses complemented with work experience, where relevant. We work in partnership with other local providers to supplement our onsite provision. We believe in matching the correct provision to the individual and so each student’s programme is bespoke.
Our Outreach service works with all of the Dacorum primary and secondary schools in a preventative way, to support students and enable them to remain successfully in school. We support the transfer of students in managed moves between schools and ensure they are supported on entry into their new school. We work with individuals, small groups and whole classes, and offer advice and strategies to staff in schools, as well as working with families and other professionals. We offer a range of staff training, and facilitate behaviour forums for primary and secondary staff to share good practice, network and gain up to date knowledge and updates on behaviour-related topics.
We are very excited and proud to have been designated in August 2015 a National Teaching School and to have gained National Support School status. We look forward to forming the Dacorum Teaching School Alliance which consists of the 9 secondary schools in Dacorum as well as 2 special schools over the forthcoming months.
Our mantra `Be the best you can be’ is echoed in all our work with young people, working with them to overcome their barriers to learning, re-engage them and support them in their next steps.
“The commitment, dedication and enthusiasm, you and your staff show in working with young people is impressive” Children’s Commissioner for England November 2012